Pietersen Says He Wants to Captain England Again

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Pietersen Says He Wants to Captain England Again
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The turmoil in English cricket continued with Kevin Pietersen claiming that he never resigned as captain and wanted to be back at the helm as there was some "unfinished business" to take care of.

"I'm not finished as England skipper. I feel I've got unfinished business as captain of England - I definitely feel that," Pietersen declared in an interview with 'The News of the World'.

Pietersen's five-month reign as England captain ended in chaotic circumstances after a breakdown of his relationship with coach Peter Moores, who was also sacked.

The England and Wales Cricket Board was apparently unhappy with Pietersen for issuing an 'either-me-or-him' ultimatum.

"In my email, I said that I can't lead this team forward and take it to the West Indies if Peter Moores is coach. I did say that, yes," he said.

Pietersen said the ECB took that e-mail for a resignation but did not tell him that Moores has been sacked.

"I haven't had any reasons for why I was asked to stand down and I still haven't.

"...My phone rang. It was Hugh Morris (ECB managing director). He said they had had an emergency board meeting and they had accepted my resignation. I said: 'Excuse me?!' They said: 'We've accepted your resignation.' I said on what basis has it been accepted? They had no answer. Next, I received an email from the ECB saying: 'Your resignation is of immediate effect'," recalled the 28-year-old.

 The devastated left-hander said the ECB's attitude hurt and disillusioned him.

"...I wasn't told in the telephone conversation or the email that Peter Moores wasn't coach. I was told that 'your resignation' was accepted yet I hadn't been told he had been sacked or asked to resign," he said.

"I thought that one of us had to go, sure. And I would have had no problem if they had decided it was me and Moores stayed," he added.

"I only found out the following afternoon and I thought 'What is going on?' I still don't understand why it happened like that and I still haven't been given a reason. I was surprised because after that phone call I thought Moores was still in the job, with them taking my resignation because of the strategy I had drawn up and my conclusion. So when they got rid of Moores I did ask the question but got absolutely nothing," he claimed.

"I'm not angry I'm just hurt, disappointed and upset that a childhood dream has been taken away from me," the dejected batsman said.

Pietersen also rejected suggestions that his ego hampered his relationship with the ECB.

"I honestly do not know. I was hand-in-hand with the ECB to do things the way they asked me to do tdisillusioned him.

"...I wasn't told in the telephone conversation or the email that Peter Moores wasn't coach. I was told that 'your resignation' was accepted yet I hadn't been told he had been sacked or asked to resign," he said.

"I thought that one of us had to go, sure. And I would have had no problem if they had decided it was me and Moores stayed," he added.

"I only found out the following afternoon and I thought 'What is going on?' I still don't understand why it happened like that and I still haven't been given a reason. I was surprised because after that phone call I thought Moores was still in the job, with them taking my resignation because of the strategy I had drawn up and my conclusion. So when they got rid of Moores I did ask the question but got absolutely nothing," he claimed.

"I'm not angry I'm just hurt, disappointed and upset that a childhood dream has been taken away from me," the dejected batsman said.

Pietersen also rejected suggestions that his ego hampered his relationship with the ECB.

"I honestly do not know. I was hand-in-hand with the ECB to do things the way they asked me to do them. I followed every one of their instructions," he said.

"And together with David Collier and Hugh Morris, we had mentioned a few names as a possible new coach. Yes, we had spoken about names. I don't feel the captain should be totally the main man but I do feel the captain and the coach should be really tight to drive the team forward," he added.

Pietersen said he wanted a coach who was tactically aware, which Moores was not.

"I just wanted someone to be my ally who I trusted, who I knew was tactically aware. I didn't have that and those were my reasons for saying that I could not continue if Peter Moores was still the coach," he said.

"I did not want to be the main man or the big show I just wanted someone I knew I could work with for 24 hours a day to put out an England team to win," he added.

The South-African born batsman reportedly did not have the full backing of the team either in his efforts to get Moores sacked.

Pietersen said the criticism of his attitude shattered him the most.

"What hurts me was the character assassination that has been totally unfounded. And that is the reason why I want to get my story across so that people can understand that I have done absolutely nothing wrong," he insisted.

"People talk about my ego as if it's out of control," he said.

"But if I had any kind of ego, I would have held on to the captaincy and taken all the privileges that go with it and all the perks," he added.



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